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HARRINGTON, DE. - Harrington Raceway's leading driver, Allan Davis, won three races on the Monday harness racing program. Davis, who currently leads Art Stafford Jr. and Montrell Teague in the standings, piloted winners in the 4th aboard Cousin Brucie ($7.60), 7th with Remember Me Vk ($6.40) and 8th with Cespedes Z Tam ($5.40). In the $13,500 feature, the aforementioned Stafford Jr. piloted Calvin K ($8.20) to a 1:52.2 win over Sicily and Sweet Sun Daze. Co-owned and trained by Stafford Jr., with his father Arthur, it was the 13th career win for Calvin K, a 6-year-old Classic Card Shark gelding. Teague and Bret Brittingham each registered a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

HARRINGTON, DE - George Leager's Slick Tony ($3.60, Tony Morgan) registered his third straight win in 1:51.4 in the $18,000 Open and driver Allan Davis had four wins to highlight the Harrington Raceway Monday program. Slick Tony (No Spin Zone) seized early control from Proper One to the opening quarter mile in 27.1 seconds, while second choice Shnitzledosomethin mounted a first-over attack as the half-mile was reached in 56.3 seconds. As they headed to three-quarters in 1:24.1, Slick Tony gained separation and was an open length winner in 1:51.4. Proper One was second with Shnitzledosomethin third. It was his 40th career win.   On the undercard, Jason Lynch's Monty's Play ($5.20, Lynch), notched his 4th straight win, three were from post eight, with a 1:53.1 victory in a $14,000 claiming pace. Lynch positioned the 4-year-old Shadow Play gelding second over where he initiated his patented late kick in well-timed fashion for his 9th win of the year. Davis, the current leading driver at the meet, guided Itaintezbeincheesy ($14.80), Q's Cruise ($3), Sweet Rock ($4.00) and Billion Dollar Day ($6) to victory. Montrell Teague had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Delaware  

HARRINGTON, DE - George and Tina Dennis Racing's Faithfulandtrue ($2.40, Mike Cole) was a 1:55.4 harness racing winner in the Wednesday $13,500 conditioned trot feature at Harrington Raceway.. The 4-year-old Donato Hanover gelding recorded his second straight win after reeling in leader Need Luck N in the stretch for his 15th career win. The Joe Columbo-trainee set a track record last week for 4-year-old trotting geldings with a 1:54.4 win.   Driver Montrell Teague had 3 wins on the card. Allan Davis and Art Stafford Jr. had a double. Live racing will continue on a Monday through Wednesday schedule through October 21. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE - The high-powered Jim King Jr. harness racing stable demonstrated its prowess Tuesday with three wins on the Harrington Raceway card. The Harrington-based stable who campaigns 2 of harness racing's brightest stars, 2019 Horse of the Year Shartin N and 2019 2-year-old Pacing Filly Of The Year Lyons Sentinel, prevailed with all three starters on the program, Stealing Bases ($4.80, Victor Kirby), Rockin Philly ($4.20, Ross Wolfenden) and Speak To Siri ($2.10, Kirby). Rockin Philly captured the $13,500 feature in 1:53 for owners Tim Tetrick and Jo Ann Looney-King with a front end score, good enough for her 10th career win. The Rocknroll Dance 4-year-old mare set most of the fractions in her win over Anytime N and Moments of Joy. After making nearly $180,000 as a sophomore, "Philly" was making her 7th start of the season and boosted her seasonal earnings over $20,000.   Youngster Stealing Bases, a daughter of Roddy's Bags Again, was a first time starter that prevailed in 1:59.2 for owner Jo Ann Looney-King as she preps for Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes action in a few weeks. Speak To Siri capped the night off for King, also giving driver Kirby three wins on the card with a 1:56.3 score as the heavy favorite. The Artspeak 3-year-old filly led throughout for her second career win. She is also owned by Jo Ann Looney-King. Art Stafford Jr., 2019 Harrington driving champ, also had three wins on the card. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, Del. – George and Tina Dennis’ Faithfulandtrue ($5, Mike Cole) broke the track record for 4-year-old trotting geldings Tuesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:54.4 score in a $10,500 conditioned harness racing event. The Joe Columbo-trainee set all the fractions from his rail post position and was a 4-length impressive winner to break Can Do’s track record set in 2013. In the feature, Howard Taylor and Mike Casalino's Theresademoninme ($8.60, Corey Callahan) was a 1:56.3 victor in the $18,000 Open Trot. The 9-year-old Kadabra gelding cleared pacesetter Elysium Lindy in the stretch to achieve his 44th career win for trainer Dylan Davis. Jammin Jack closed ground late for second, while Elysium Lindy held third. “Demon” has banked nearly $700,000 in his career, which has saw him be a regular in the top overnight classes the past several years. Driver Allan Davis won both halves of the daily double and had 3 wins on the card along with Art Stafford Jr. Cole had two wins, both aboard Columbo-trainees.   by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - George Leager's Slick Tony ($4, Tony Morgan) notched his 39th harness racing career win Monday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:51.2 win in the featured $18,000 Open Pace. Slick Tony, the even-money favorite, assumed control early from post two and marched through fractions of 27.2, 57 and 1:24.3 while Jacks Legend N mounted a first-over attack. The latter drew within a length at the top of the stretch but Slick Tony dug in gamely to hold him off and prevail in 1:51.2. Jacks Legend N was second with Rollwithpapajoe third. It was the second straight win for Slick Tony, who has banked over $700,000 in his career. Owned and trained by his breeder Leager, "Tony" has recorded five wins this year. The night started out very chalky, in addition to the feature, favorites prevailed in the first three races as Random Hanover ($3.00, Russell Foster), Monty's Play ($3, Jason Lynch) and Scuola Hanover ($3.40, Art Stafford Jr.) all lived up to their backing from the betting public. Foster had three wins on the card. Also on the undercard, in the $13,500 sub-featured pace for mares, Apple Bottom Jeans ($4, Corey Callahan) was a 1:52.3 winner. Trained by Dylan Davis for owners Howard Taylor, Robert Cooper Stables, and Ed Gold, the Mr. Apples mare is approaching $1 million in career earnings. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway has added September 2 to its live harness racing racing calendar for 2020. Currently on a Monday/Tuesday schedule through the balance of August, Wednesdays will be added effective September 2 and continue on a three-day schedule until closing day October 21. Harrington's 74th season of live harness racing commenced on June 15. Qualifying races will remain on Wednesdays (10 a.m. start time) until further notice. To allow for adequate time for cleaning/sanitizing the paddock for live racing in the evening, the last day for schoolers after qualifiers will be August 26. Post time nightly is 4:30 p.m. Matt Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, DE. - George Leager's Slick Tony ($3.20, Tony Morgan) was a 1:53 harness racing winner Monday at Harrington Raceway in the $13,500 featured conditioned pace, the feature event. The No Spin Zone stallion is one of the richest Delaware-bred horses of all time with nearly $700,000 earned in his career. Trained by his owner/breeder Leager, Slick Tony did not disappoint as the public's choice in the eight horse field. He was immediately sent to the lead from post position two and never relented with a one length win over Trojan Banner N, who sat second throughout, and Wichita Lineman. It was the 38th career win for Slick Tony. World champion Wiggle It Jiggleit was a distant seventh place. Allan Davis had three wins on the card, while Russell Foster, Montrell Teague and Ross Wolfenden had doubles. Earlier on the card, Artrageous ($2.40, Art Stafford Jr.) notched her third straight win in 1:55.3 for trainer and co-owner Andrew Stafford. Racing continues for the balance of August on a Monday/Tuesday schedule. Post time is 4:30 p.m. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE. - Harrington Raceway's 74th season of live harness racing will resume tonight (August 17) with a 12-race program (post time 4:30 p.m.). The feature race is a $13,500 conditioned pace that features some local pacing heavyweights, including 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit (9/2, Montrell Teague), for owners George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership. The Clyde Francis-trainee has banked nearly $4 million in his illustrious career. The venerable 8-year-old (Mr. Wiggles) will start from post position eight. Meanwhile, a familiar rival and 2019 Harrington horse of the meet, Slick Tony (9/5, Tony Morgan), is back for owner/trainer George Leager. The 5-year-old No Spin Zone stallion drew post two and will look to pad his healthy career bankroll of nearly $700,000. He is one of the richest Delaware-bred horses of all-time. The path to the winner's circle won't likely be an easy ticket however, as the field is full of viable challengers, including Richard Pollucci and Jo Ann Looney-King's Trojan Banner N (3/1, Victor Kirby). The 5-year-old Bettor's Delight stallion is exiting races versus top flight competition in which the winning time in his last 5 races has been sub-1:50. The Jim King Jr.-trainee will start from post five. The husband/wife team of Jim and Jo Ann Looney-King's recent successes are well documented after campaigning a pair of the sport's brightest stars last season, namely Dan Patch Horse of the Year Shartin N and 2-year-old filly of the year Lyons Sentinel., both of which have returned to action this year and are racing at a high level. Another formidable threat in King barn is Apple Valley Art (7/5, Victor Kirby), who will compete from the rail in the 11th race on the card. The Delaware-bred owned by Jo Ann Looney-King swept through his Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) eliminations and $100,000 final on July 6 and is an impressive 3-for-4 lifetime and will vie for his fourth consecutive victory. The wagering format includes a pick four in races (2-5) and races (9-12). Live racing will continue on a Monday/Tuesday schedule for the balance of August and into the first week of September, until the week of September 7 when Wednesdays will be added through the duration of the meet on October 21. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

Ryder Skinner, the original USHWA Youth member, has promoted his favourite summertime destination for the July USHWA Youth Racetrack Review. The 13-year old Harringston, Delaware resident is a dedicated harness racing fan and participant. He enjoys helping his parents Jason and Susan Skinner with the family racing stable, and is a 2019 Harness Horse Youth Foundation program graduate.   Ryder's involvement in the media side of the sport has become increasingly visible as well. He recently had an article published in the USTA's Youth Beats magazine about his experience presenting at the USHWA Dan Patch Awards in Orlando, Florida.   When Matt Sparacino, the president of the USHWA Delaware Valley Chapter, asked the young horseman if he would like to share what makes Berlin, Maryland's Ocean Downs a welcoming place for younger racing fans, he was happy to contribute. The track has been in operation since 1949, changed ownership several times and once operated under the name "Delmarva Downs". What is consistent is the atmosphere and accessibility that Ryder Skinner outlines in his review:   The word fun is defined as enjoyment, amusement, or lighthearted pleasure. When I think of fun, being a horseman's son, I instantly think of harness racing. One of my favorite tracks to watch harness racing is Ocean Downs. I have been watching live harness racing at Ocean Downs for nine years.   Ocean Downs offers so much more than other tracks. Even though there is a casino on-site, the racetrack venue is very family-friendly. Since Ocean Downs is only a few miles from the beach, it is a popular pit stop for many families on vacation. As soon as you get out of the car, you feel the atmosphere and know it is going to be a fun night.   The setup of the paddock allows fans to see the horses coming on and off the track, and you get to see the grooms and trainers hard at work. My family and I have always stopped on the way down and grabbed a pizza or subs, before we pull up to the trackside fence and catch all the behind the scenes action.   The winners circle also is extremely accessible, making it convenient to hop in with the winning horse and get your picture taken. Food, restrooms, and racing are so easy to take advantage of at Ocean Downs, making it a terrific summer time destination. Covid-19 has limited fan accessibility to enjoy live harness racing but Ocean Downs is a track I cannot wait to visit when restrictions are lifted.   The 2020 Ocean Downs season got underway July 6, with four nights of racing a week through September 4. Racing continues until September 19, without on-track spectators until further notice, which will be announced on the track's website: Here's hoping that Ryder Skinner and racing fans of all ages will be able to safely enjoy the trackside experience this summer. Know a young harness racing fan and/or participant who would like to share their story about the youth-friendly elements of their favourite track? The USHWA Youth Membership Committee welcomes submissions from young people (aged 21 or younger) who would like to let others know about what makes their favourite track a great place to enjoy live racing, whether now or before Coronavirus restrictions (in provinces/states where attendance is currently restricted). Please contact USHWA Youth Membership Committee Chair Melissa Keith ( if interested in taking part in this project.   From the USHWA  

HARRINGTON, DE - Bill Emmons' The Big Muscle ($37.80, Russell Foster) was an upset winner in the $12,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The 8-year-old Muscle Mass gelding notched his 7th win of the season for trainer Armand Benard. The Big Muscle sat third much of the mile before getting clearance in the stretch and surging for the win over Bluebird Jesse and Faithfulandtrue. It was his 20th career victory. It was one of 4 driving wins on the card for Foster. Allan Davis and Art Stafford Jr. each had a driving double. Live racing will go on hiatus until August 17, when racing will continue on a Monday and Tuesday schedule for the balance of the month before a Monday through Wednesday schedule will start beginning September 7. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE. - Dibaba N ($4.20, Jon Roberts) was a 1:53.2 harness racing winner in the featured $12,000 Mares Open Pace Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Dylan Davis for owners Robert Cooper, Howard Taylor, J&T Stables and VIP Internet Stable, the Shadow Play 6-year-old mare notched her first win of the year with an off the pace triumph over My Last Bet and Ideal Lifestyle A. Scuola Hanover set sizzling fractions of 26.1, 54.3, and 1:23.1 before retreating through the stretch. Dibaba N angled off second-over cover in deep stretch and hit the wire first as the race favorite. Allan Davis had four wins on the program, after winning three on the Monday card. Roberts, Ross Wolfenden and Tony Morgan each had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway        

HARRINGTON, DE. - Louis Tomczak Jr.'s Proper One ($16.00, Ross Wolfenden) was an upset harness racing winner in the $12,000 Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.4. The 6-year-old homebred Proper Respect gelding registered his second straight win, and 29th in his career for trainer Carlo Poliseno. Post position number eight proved no problem for Proper One, who was last early as pacesetter Sicily set fractions of 27, 56,3 and 1:25. Proper One was perched third-over near the half mile while Slick Tony gained first over. The former surged three-wide on the final turn as second over Archangel Three retreated and made the lead in mid stretch where he would stay. Finishing second was a fast closing Q's Cruise - the race favorite, while Slick Tony finished third. Allan Davis and Montrell Teague each had three wins on the card. Russell Foster had a driving double. William Sartin's Monty's Play ($3.00, Davis) notched his 4th straight win for trainer Joe Hundertpfund Jr. in 1:53.3. The 5-year-old Shadow Play re-took the lead from Inforce in deep stretch to keep his win streak intact. Live racing will continue Tuesday with a 4:30 p.m. post time. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE - Rod Allen Inc's Zulu ($5.40, Allen) and Linda Mac Donald's Stella A ($21.20, Ross Wolfenden) won their respective $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals for 3-year-old harness racing trotters Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. In the male division, Zulu went off as the 8/5 second choice and took advantage of miscues by fellow contenders Touch Of White, Riddle Me This, Rocky Bomber and Master Of Mine, all of whom broke stride, to prevail in wire-to-wire fashion in 1:59. Trained by his driver/owner Allen, the CR Commando-Cr Penny Lane gelding notched his 6th career win as his lifetime earnings soared over $100,000. Air Time was second and Rocky Bomber recovered from an early break to finish third. Meanwhile in the filly final, Stella A corralled early leader Orabelle near the three-quarters after a powerful first over brush and never relented in a one length score over Happy To Do It and Emmys Mayflower. The Anders Bluestone-Mocha filly notched her 4th career win for trainer Joe Mac Donald. It was one of three wins on the card for Wolfenden. The winning time tied the DSBF stakes mark for 3-year-old fillies set by Callmemza in 2015. Allan Davis, Mike Cole and Art Stafford Jr. had two wins apiece. Joe Columbo and Andrew Stafford each had training doubles. Live racing continues July 13-15 at Harrington before a summer hiatus when the schedule will resume on August 17. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE - Legacy Racing of Delaware's Cinder Rock ($2.20, Allan Davis) won the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Final for 3-year-old harness racing pacing fillies Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:54.4. The Rockabillie-Armbro Cinderella filly held off a game She's Got The Lynx, who sat second much of the mile, to win by a head. Sweet Lil was third. Cinder Rock made a quarter pole move to the front and never looked back in her 8th career win in 10 starts. Trained by Wayne Givens, Cinder Rock was the 2-year-old DSBF champ as well and has banked more than $200,000 in her career. The 3-year-old pacing filly final also honored the memory of driver/trainer Ben Stafford Jr., who passed away in 2016. He was a regular on the Delaware racing circuit who won nearly 700 races as a driver and campaigned several top local horses in the DSBF program like Badlands Jenna and Badlands And Art. Cinder Rock's win gave Davis three driving wins on the card, joining Montrell Teague with a triple. George Teague Jr.'s My Last Bet ($12.60, Montrell Teague) won the $12,000 Mares Open in a lifetime best 1:52.3. The Delmarvalous 4-year-old mare set all the fractions in her narrow win over Dibaba N and Moments of Joy for trainer Clyde Francis. Teague also guided Lena ($19.60) to victory In the $15,000 DSBF consolation for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Owned by William Moffett, Lena scored a 1:59 win over I'm Two Soxy and Emma. Trained by her owner, it was Lena's first career win. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE -  Jo Ann Looney King's Apple Valley Art ($2.40, Tim Tetrick) won the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Final for 3-year-old harness racing pacing colts and geldings Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:55. The Artzina-Shake Away gelding led throughout and held off a fierce late charge from American Nitro for the victory, his third straight for trainer Jim King Jr. Aidan was third. Apple Valley Art has won 3-of-4 career starts and was one of 5 wins on the card for Tetrick, two of which were trained by King Jr. Tetrick won three consecutive races mid-card, including Jo Ann Looney-King's Q's Cruise ($3.40), who was a 1:51.2 winner in the $12,000 Open Pace, the overnight feature. The Yankee Cruiser 6-year-old was a wire-to-wire winner over Slick Tony and Sicily for trainer Jim King Jr.  Tony Morgan won both halves of the daily double with a pair of rail horses in Providential ($3.40) and Cruise Patrol ($2.60). He had three wins total on the program.  Meanwhile, 10-year-old pacer Lucan Hanover ($2.20, Tetrick), notched his 50th career win in 1:53 in a $7,200 conditioned pace for trainer Eric Ell and owner Bill Emmons.  Louis Tomczak's Proper One ($3, Art Stafford Jr.) dominated a $9,000 conditioned pace field with a five-length romp in 1:51.1 for trainer Carlo Poliseno.  In the $15,000 DSBF consolation event for male pacers, Bernard Stingone's White Lands ($15.60, Russell Foster) prevailed in 2:00 for trainer Jason Skinner.  by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

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